Thursday, November 22, 2012

A Montessori Thanksgiving

Hannah's classroom had a Thanksgiving feast on Tuesday morning, and I was one of the parents who volunteered to help set up and tear down the feast, which means I got to snap a couple of pics with my phone. I didn't want to be too obtrusive or annoying so when I say a couple, I mean literally, two. One of the other moms took a lot and said she'd share her shots so if that happens, I'll come back and edit this later. (She's one of the class moms, and as such, I think it's probably more acceptable for her to take a lot of photos. As a newbie, I'm still trying to lay low.)

Here's a shot of Hannah in her little pilgrim girl bonnet chowing down. (I tried to crop out the faces of the other children in the class in case their parents aren't as comfortable as I am having their child splashed across the internet.)

This is what Hannah's place at the table looked like. They dined on turkey, sweet potato fries, pumpkin bread, popcorn, cranberry whip, and also some cornbread and butter that they had made the day before in class. While they ate, the parents continuously refilled favorite foods, allowing them to gorge on as much as they want. Hannah asked for more turkey, popcorn, cornbread, and apple cider. I had a few kids who must have eaten like five servings of popcorn--I've never seen kids get so excited about popcorn!  If it were me, I'd have been going back for the pumpkin bread.

After eating their fill, they ran it off on the playground while the parent volunteers cleaned up, and then we all headed home to start our long holiday break, with one feast already under our belts.

I loved being there to meet some of the other children in the class and having the opportunity to watch Hannah interact with her classmates. On this day of gratitude, I am grateful to be able to be both a stay-at-home mom and a working mom. I know I say that a lot, but seriously, being able to work whatever hours I want and work them from home is a huge luxury. 

And of course, I'm grateful that I get to be Hannah's mom and take part in her life. Lucky me!

(Photos and stories from our family feast today forthcoming.)

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